Perceptions of work and work engagement among school psychologists in Sweden

Linda Landqvist, Elinor Schad

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Abstract

Purpose: In the present study, we respond to recent calls to investigate work related circumstances of school psychologists. As very limited research is done on work engagement among school psychologists, we further tested for the effect of well-established work related factors on work engagement.
Methods: A subsample of data from a survey distributed to all members of the Swedish Psychological Association was used to assess school psychologists’ (N = 440) perceptions of work related factors and work engagement.
Results: Our results indicate that a considerable part of the participating school psychologists experience high work demands and have trouble finding work-life balance. In general, however, school psychologists in Sweden experience high work engagement. The results also indicate that school psychologists in Sweden experience a lack of role clarity in their professional role.
Conclusions: Our findings validate a model that underlines the importance of role clarity for school psychologists work engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-460
JournalInternational Journal of School & Educational Psychology
Volume10
Issue number4
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Applied Psychology

Keywords

  • role clarity
  • School Psychologists
  • Sweden
  • work engagement
  • work-life balance

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